Life of Srimanta Sankaradeva : chronology of events

Researched and Prepared by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti

1320—Chandibar, forefather of Srimanta Sankaradeva migrated from Kannauj

1419-20—Kusumbar Bhuyan, father of Sankaradeva married Satyasandhya

1449—Sankara was born at Alipukhuri

1450—Sankara’s grandfather Suryabar died

1451— Sankara’s brother Banganya was born

1454— Sankara given Uttari

1457—Kusumbar Bhuyan died

1461— Sankara’s education started under Mahendra Kandali

1465— Sankara completed education

1468—(i) Sankaradeva established Kirtan Ghar for the first time

(ii) Chihna Yatra enacted

1471— Sankaradeva marries Suryavati

1472—Birth of Suryavati’s daughter Manu

1473—Death of Suryavati

1480—Manu married to Hari Bhuyan

1481— Sankaradeva started first pilgrimage

Composition of 1st Borgeet “Rama meri hridaya pankaje baise……”

1489—Arrival at Badarikashram

Composition of 2nd Borgeet “Mana Meri Rama charanahi….”

Birth of Madhavadeva

1493— Sankaradeva returns from pilgrimage

1503— Sankaradeva marries Kalindi

1505— Nanak comes to meet Sankaradeva at Bardowa

1509— Sankaradeva establishes Bardowa Than

1516— Sankaradeva left Bardowa and arrives at Rowta

1517— Sankaradeva arrives at Gangmou

1522—(i) Sankaradeva arrives at Komorakata

(ii) Arrival at Maluwalarati

(iii) Birth of Ramananda

(iv)Arrival at Dhuwahata

(v) Initiation of Madhavadeva

1524—birth of second son Kamalalochana

1526—birth of third son Haricharana

1528—birth of daughter Rukmini

1536—allegation by Brahmin priests and trial by king Chuhungmung

1536-1539: installation of Madan Gopal statue carved by Karola Barhoi

1539—allegation by Brahmin priests to king Chuklenmung

1540—(i) elephant safari of king Chuklenmung

(ii) Arrest of Madhavadeva

(iii) Execution of Hari

(iv) Release of Madhavadeva

(v) Departure from Dhuwahata

(vi) Arrival at Kapalabari

1541—(i) Sankaradeva arrives at Chunpora

(ii) Initiation of Narayan Das Thakur (Bhabananda)

(iii) Sankaradeva arrives at Kumarkuchi

(iv) Death of daughter Rukmini

1542—(i) Sankaradeva arrives at Patbausi

(ii) Arrival of King Naranarayana at Barnagar

(iii) Initiation of Kachari king of Heramdoi (near Palashbari)

1543—Sankaradeva meets Naranarayana at Barnagar

1545—Capital of Koch Kingdom shifted to Dinganagar

1546—(i) Chilarai attacks Ahom Kingdom

(ii) Damodardeva migrates to Koch Kingdom

1547—Chilarai becomes acting king

1548—(i) Chilarai becomes disciple of Sankaradeva

(ii) Damodaradeva meets Sankaradeva

1550—(i) Damodaradeva becomes disciple of Sankaradeva

(ii) Second pilgrimage starts

1551— Sankaradeva returns from pilgrimage

1552—(i) Allegation by Brahmin Priests to Naranarayan

(ii) Arrest of Narayan Das Thakur and Gakul Chand

(iii) Arrival of Sankaradeva in Chilarai’s house

(iv) Arrival of Sankaradeva in the court of Naranarayana

(v) Visit of Madhavadeva in Banduka

(vi) Chandsai becomes disciple

(vii) Composition of Gunamala

1553— Eviction of two Sanyasi from palaces of Naranarayan and Chilarai

1554—Weaving of Vrindavani Cloth

1555—Vrindavani cloth given to Naranarayan

1568—(i) Naranarayan wants to be a disciple

(ii) Composition of the play Sri Rama Vijaya

(iii) Passing away of Sankaradeva

References :

1. Purnanga Katha Gurucharit, by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti (Bani Mandir, Guwahati, 2007)

2. Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva, by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti (Bani Mandir, Guwahati, 2005)

3. Srimanta Sankaradeva : a multi-faceted genius, by Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti (Purvanchal Prakash, Guwahati, 2015)

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